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Emotional Support Alligator Wally Goes Missing While on Trip

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Joie Henney, a well-known reptile rescuer, is facing turmoil as his certified emotional support alligator, Wally Gator, has disappeared during a trip to Brunswick, Georgia.

On April 21, while Henney was out of town, Wally went missing from his enclosure, sparking concern and a search effort.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to a call about a nuisance alligator in Brunswick on the same day, but they don’t have confirmation that the captured alligator was Wally.

Joie Henney has launched a fundraising campaign to cover costs associated with finding Wally, which is gaining traction and support from the community.

Wally Gator, a familiar face at events in Pennsylvania, is known for his friendly demeanor and his role as an emotional support animal for Henney.

Joie Henney has been Wally’s caregiver since the alligator was a young reptile and has spoken about the bond they share, particularly during Henney’s battle with cancer.

The search for Wally is ongoing, and the community is eager for his safe return.

Pennsylvania allows possession of non-native reptiles like alligators with no specific regulations, unlike Georgia where permits are required for captive alligators.

Wally’s fame rose when he attempted to attend a Phillies game in Philadelphia but was turned away as the stadium only allows service dogs to enter.

According to the US Department of Transportation regulations, emotional support animals are not considered service animals, causing limitations for animals like Wally in public spaces.

Rachel Adams

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